I'd love to hear what auto-captioning options you've found to be tolerable?

 What I can say is that this is the informal policy I've been promoting for accessibility in our special collections. In general, any accommodation requests in special collections will likely be part of a very nuanced, focused research agenda. Thus, any remediation will likely not only have to be specific to the individual's disability but also the nature of their research. In the case of A/V, a rough transcription may be enough if they are focusing more on the visual side of it. For others, though, a more thorough transcription may be required. 

All in all, your approach sounds wise.

Katherine Deibel | PhD
Inclusion & Accessibility Librarian
Syracuse University Libraries 
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From: Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Carol Kassel
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] A/V and accessibility


We're working on a roadmap for making A/V content from Special Collections accessible. For those of you who have been through this process, you know that one of the big-ticket items is captions and transcripts. In our exploration of options, we've found a couple of pretty good auto-captioning solutions. Their accuracy is about as good as what you'd get from performing OCR on scanned book pages, which libraries do all the time. One possibility is to perform auto-captioning on all items and then provide hand-captioning upon request for the specific items where a patron needs better captions.

This idea will be better supported if we know what our peer institutions are doing... so what are you doing? Thanks to those to whom I've reached out personally; your information has helped tremendously. Now I'd like to find out from others how they've handled this issue.

Thank you,


Carol Kassel
Senior Manager, Digital Library Infrastructure NYU Digital Library Technology Services [log in to unmask]
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